Health managers say the number of confirmed cases of measles in western Washington has increased to 30, with nine more…
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More than 50 people have now been infected by the measles in an outbreak in the southwest Washington state and northwestern Oregon, and doctors and nurses say it is a call for people to be vaccinated.
At the Sea Mar Community Health Center in Vancouver, Washington, Shawn Brannan says that so many have come in for a brass shot recently, they had to have ten times as much vaccine as usual.
“Larger populations that usually do not vaccinate their children for their own sake are now in a crazy dash, if you want, to be vaccinated,” says Brannan. goes deep.
But he says the clinic also gets a lot of other patients with their own reasons not to vaccinate.
“Unfortunately, the Google monster is,” says Bannan. “When people Google has found all these warnings and side effects. And it may in some cases blur what is important for the child or even people to get. “
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Branna believes that people see that their children are getting cold at this time of year – with running noses, red eyes and coughing – and worrying that it may be measles. Colds and measles have the same early symptoms.
Clark County Public Health Director, Dr. Alan Melnick, is exasperated.
“I mean this is a nasty way to get the vaccination rates up,” says Melnick. “I wish we had vaccination rates before time. I wish it didn’t take an outbreak and a child already in hospital.”
The Washington State Health Department says about 530 people were immunized against measles in this area in January. In January, there have been more than three thousand vaccinations.
Over the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., Nurse practitioner Nancy Casey helps drive the health center at Roosevelt High School.
She’s got kids come to her to catch her shots because their parents didn’t believe in vaccination. She remembers a special 16-year-old.
“The child said,” you know my mother doesn’t really believe in vaccines, but I think I want to start, “Casey says.
Oregon law allows children 15 years or older to consent to physical care. vaccinate them without first informing a parent.
Casey says she asks students coming to her for shot issues, like “why don’t your parent you have vaccines?” “Do they know you’re here?” And, “What would they say if they knew you were here? “
She also asks what they know about the disease that the vaccine is formulated to prevent, and why it may be good.
” It helps them to be advocates, Say Casey. “And then we go over scenarios.” What do you think of your mother because you tell them? “”
When it comes to 16-year-olds, the student received vaccines from Casey and the parents never saw a bill because it went to an Oregon Medicaid program.
“And at the end of her catches up to her immunization schedule over a year and a half she had told her mother,” said Casey. She says the student’s mother wasn’t happy about it, but didn’t ask a question.
Over the Columbia River in Vancouver, Wash., Shona Carter sits at home as she has been doing for several months.
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She has leukemia, which means that doctors must kill their immune system and give her a new one in the form of a bone marrow transplant.
But a new immune system must adapt to diseases again.  “I mean you’re a baby. You’re completely new. You need to get all your vaccines redone,” Carter says.
“Some of them you may not have done immediately because they are living weakened vaccines,” Carter says. “Measles is important to me to get, but I can’t get it right now.”
Carter’s immune system is not strong enough so that the outbreak is very worried.
But there is not much she can do besides following doctor visits such as staying at home, using lots of hand washing detergents and wearing a mask.
“I do not want any setbacks” “Carter says.” “One of my fears is something that the measles could … kill me, because I’m not strong enough to fight it. “
Fairs can kill or blind, but it is rare.
Authorities say the outbreak is still evolving. They do not expect it to end sometime soon.
Washington and Oregon are two of 17 states that sound children go to school unvaccinated because of personal convictions. Both state legislators are now considering changes to these laws.